Kerigan becomes the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 29th National Commodore

WASHINGTON – At a ceremony held at Coast Guard Headquarters on 31 OCT 08, Commodore Nicholas Kerigan relieved Commodore Steve Budar to become the 29th National Commodore for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The ceremony, which was presided over by ADM Thad Allen, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, also sworn in other national leaders for the 2 year term ending 31 OCT 2010.

Serving as National Vice Commodore will be Jim Vass from Port O’Connor Tex. Vass most recently served as Area Rear Commodore for the Auxiliary’s Atlantic West Region.

Commodore Stephen McElroy, who most recently served as the District Commodore for the Auxiliary’s 5th Southern District, will serve as the National Chief of Staff.

The Area Rear Commodores will be Thomas Venezio (Atlantic East), Thomas Malison (Atlantic West), and Vic Connell (Pacific Area). Commodore Venezio most recently served as District Commodore for the Auxiliary’s First Southern Region. Commodore Malison served most recently in the Eighth Eastern Region as District Commodore. Commodore Connell, a retired physician who is also involved in the Auxiliary Medical Core, is finishing up his term as District Commodore for the Auxiliary’s Eleven Northern Region.

The National Directorate Commodores for 2008-2010 will be Commodore Ed Sweeney (member Services Directorate), Commodore Robin Freeman (Recreational Boating Safety Directorate), and Commodore Mark Simoni (Operations Directorate).

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and direct law enforcement actions.

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